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Baltimore Orioles Great - Earl Weaver Dies at Age 82

Discussion in 'Sports Zone' started by WPBCowboysFan, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. WPBCowboysFan

    WPBCowboysFan Well-Known Member

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  2. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    Sorry to hear of this.

    Earl was one of the all-time greats.
  3. jobberone

    jobberone Genetically engineered moderating Orangutan Staff Member

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    Man those were some great teams. What a great manager. RIP.
  4. WPBCowboysFan

    WPBCowboysFan Well-Known Member

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    The Orioles have 6 HOF'ers, one of them being Earl Weaver.

    The other 5 are Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson, Jim Palmer, Eddie Murray, and Cal Ripken Jr.

    Brooks Robinson is Mr. Oriole, but Earl has been venerated, and loved by the people of Baltimore more than any of those players.

    98 times he was ejected from a game for arguing with the umpires. Kicking dirt all over home plate made him so popular with the fans. O's fans loved nothing more than Earl with his hat turned backwards up in the face of an ump and then kicking dirt all over home plate.

    Here is a good article by Tim Kurkjian:

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/8...les-manager-earl-weaver-was-always-ahead-game
  5. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    When I think of an Earl Weaver led team I think of...

    -A manager who relied on he starters to complete a lot of games and get a lot of wins. Guys that weren't necessarily overpowering (outside of maybe Palmer) but had good control
    -A manager who would accept little production out of his SS/2B/C as long as they played terrific defense
    -He was ahead of many other managers in realizing a walk is many times as good as a hit
    -He wasn't into playing for 1-run. He didn't steal. He didn't bunt. He would work for the 3-run homerun... Walk, single, homer. And he would win 90+ games a year.

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